When it launched half a decade ago, the category was broadly maligned for its limited feature set, middling hardware specs and operation that required an always-on internet connection to work properly. And that victory has been largely fueled by the K-12 education market. Windows is in second with around 22 percent and the combined impact of Mac OS and i OS are close behind at 19 percent. Three years earlier, Apple’s products represented nearly half of devices being shipped to U. Last month, Apple released a newly refreshed version of its Classroom app, coupled with its lowest priced i Pad ever.
It’s a pretty astonishing number for a product many pundits deemed doomed in its early stages. Now some of the biggest players in technology are poised to make a new push into education.
Just as educators and the public began to sour on the notion of netbooks, Apple arrived on the scene and filled the hole perfectly.But while education wasn’t the primary focus in the launch of the first i Pad, the potential for the devices as part of classroom curriculum came into sharp focus as the limitations of netbooks became painfully clear.i Pads offered a premium hardware experience, and with a starting price of 9 retail, they weren’t exactly cheap, but were certainly comparable to some netbooks.A lot of the reason is because this was the first time we put affordable hardware in front of buyers.” When they arrived on the scene in 2007, netbooks were a breakthrough technology; they were rugged, light and, most importantly, affordable, a perfect combination of traits for cash-strapped school districts.They were also an important driver in the growing early 21 century drive to make technology in K-12 classrooms a more one-on-one experience.